Does anyone know who is the overarching organization that decides if a company has a valid certification based on best practice principles? Is it ACSM? There are some certifications that people get now-a-days that don’t even require a basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology or…well….sometimes all you need is a checkbook and poof! like magic you are certified to teach! This is oftentimes an insult to our industry in my opinion.
My understanding according to ACE, as Joanne listed, is that NCCA provides this service
….and as we use often on the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity council – NCQA provides a quality control of activity metrics
http://www.ncqa.org/ is an agency for quality control.
ACSM is a certifying body that practices research supported metrics.